Green Dreamer: Sustainability From Ideas to Life
Kaméa Chayne - Eco Creative, Impact Entrepreneur,
If you're an eco creative, visionary, entrepreneur, or activist SO passionate about sustainability that you're eager to do what you can not only in your personal life, but also with your passion projects dedicated to helping our planet thrive, Green Dreamer Podcast with Kaméa Chayne was created for YOU!Actor-entrepreneur and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Adrian Grenier, Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home, Orsola de Castro of Fashion Revolution, Xiuhtezcatl of Earth Guardians, and Nikki Silvestri, named one of The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans, are just a few pioneers, thought leaders, and conservation creatives you can look forward to hearing as honored guests.How can we leverage the power of social and digital media to strengthen the movement? How can we use creative communication, scalable eco ventures, and innovative thinking to push the needle forward? And what do we need to turn our awareness of deep-rooted issues into meaningful action, and accelerate towards sustainability in this time of need? This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we dive into, while ALWAYS concluding with baby actions we can take today and elements of hope we can use to fuel our motivation.If this sounds like your jam, hit SUBSCRIBE and together, let's learn what it takes to bring our eco ideas to life and THRIVE - in every sense of the word. Thanks for bringing your light! With gratitude, your Host @KameaChayne.
105) Why supporting community-based organizations may be key to environmental justice with Peggy Shepard
In addition to supporting the most established national or international environmental nonprofits, why do we also need to simultaneously support local, small, and community-based organizations? What's the importance of making sure that key decisions, policies, and solutions are made in the presence of people from a diversity of backgrounds? Sharing her wisdom with us here is Peggy Shepard, Co-founder and Executive Director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice. You'll hear about how grassroots initiatives can lead to meaningful change for citizens; how large environmental organizations differ in their measures of success and focus compared to community-based organizations; how we can support environmental justice as individuals; and more. Let's dive in! HIGHLIGHTS [8:18] Peggy: "The environmental justice movement really coalesced around the fact that low-income communities and communities of color were being targeted for polluting facilities, but not receiving environmental benefits like parks and alternative energy options like solar and natural gas." [9:23] Peggy: "We believe that the voices of the affected residents are the ones that should take leadership on these issues." [12:11] Peggy talks about the prevalence of systemic environmental racism in the U.S. that is perpetuated by public policy and the history of inequality. [24:20] The differences in how large-scale, national nonprofits measure success compared to community-based organizations, and why we cannot overlook supporting the latter. [27:20] Peggy: "We've got to have a diversity of perspectives because it enriches all of our policies and it enriches our lives." Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/105, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
104) Using aquaponics to scale sustainable production of medical cannabis with Green Relief's Warren Bravo
How do aquaponics work and how can this be used to support a more sustainable future in agriculture? What are some environmental issues from the medical cannabis industry that we should know, and how can we best support it to move in a healthier direction? Sharing his wisdom here is Warren Bravo, the co-founder and CEO ofGreen Relief. You'll hear about how he pivoted from leading his family business to become the largest cement contracting company in Canada to co-establishing his licensed medical cannabis company; how he developed their aquaponic system to be able to scale sustainable production of the plant; how sterile systems like hydroponics compare to aquaponics and soil-based growth; and more. Let's dive in. HIGHLIGHTS: [7:00] How Warren got involved with the medical cannabis industry and sustainable agriculture. [11:55] Warren: "I learned a long time ago not to sweat over things I can't control." [12:41] What aquaponics are and how they work. [15:35] Kamea: "What do we know about the difference between plants or crops grown from sterile systems like hydroponics compared to ones with rich micro-biotic populations?" [19:05] Warren's biggest struggle in growing Green Relief. [24:22] Warren shares how to support the medical cannabis industry to be more sustainable and more generally, how to champion sustainable agriculture going forward. Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/104, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
103) Why we need a prevention-based solution to plastic and microplastic pollution with 5 Gyres Institute's Dr. Marcus Eriksen
Why are plastic pieces so problematic when they end up in our oceans? How can focusing on preventative solutions to tackling plastic and micro-plastic pollution help us to more effectively address this global issue? Sharing his wisdom here is Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Co-founder and Research Director of5 Gyres Institute. In this episode, you’ll hear about his research on microplastic pollution leading to the passing of our federalMicrobead-Free Waters Act of 2015; why he thinks we need to focus more on stopping plastic from entering our waterways in the first place instead of on cleaning up plastics already in our oceans; and more.Let’s dive in. HIGHLIGHTS [4:21] Marcus discusses his active deployment in the Gulf War and how seeing the ecological impact of war affected him. [5:30] Marcus: "I've got to preserve and conserve the world around me. That's my duty; that's what's worth fighting for." [8:16]How the 5 Gyres Institute fought for (and won) theMicrobead-Free Waters Act of 2015. [14:07] Marcus speaks on the linear waste system and how that system needs to change into a circular system. [25:45] How the burden of pollution has changed from resting on the consumers' shoulders alone to consumers sharing the load with corporations. [27:19] Kamea: "It's important for us all to also know that we all have to work together. It's consumers; it's businesses; it's governments. We have to all collaborate with each other." Thanks for bringing your light! Find the full show notes with links and resources at www.greendreamer.com/103, subscribe to our newsletter to win monthly giveaways, and share your #1 takeaway from the episode tagging our featured guest and me @KameaChayne to spread the light and to let us know you're tuning in!
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